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12 Jun

Create The Perfect Wedding Photography Filter In Lightroom

Sifting through thousands of wedding photos is an overwhelming task for any photographer, and editing hundreds of those photos to match can be an even bigger struggle. That's where Lightroom filters can be a huge time saver for anyone editing a large number of similar images. You don't have to fork over a bunch of money on pre-made Lightroom filters. With a few simple adjustments and a little experimentation, you can create your own Lightroom filter to use for all of your wedding and engagement shoots. Start by opening one of your wedding images in Lightroom. This image already looks pretty good, but I want to add some warmth and depth to give the picture a more romantic mood. Start by increasing the Tint...
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5 Jun

Become a Master of Dodging and Burning in Lightroom

Dodging and burning is a technique as old as time - or at least as old as dark room photography. Dodging and burning refers to the addition (burning) or subtraction (dodging) of light to a certain area of a photo. Traditionally, this was done by using your hand or a piece of cardboard to block a specific part of an image while it was being exposed in the dark room under an enlarger. It’s a technique we still use today with digital photography, but programs like Lightroom and Photoshop make the process much easier and more exact. In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to master the dodge and burn tools in Lightroom to give your portraits a more finished, contoured...
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29 May

Create A Surreal, Underwater Portrait In Photoshop

Underwater photography is tricky, and requires expensive, complicated equipment. But thanks to Photoshop, you don't need to spend thousands of dollars on underwater housing just to create a stunning underwater portrait. All you need is your standard DSLR camera, a little creativity and a few simple steps in Photoshop to create a compelling, surrealist image. For this tutorial, you'll need a portrait of someone posed in a falling position, an image of an empty underwater scene and Photoshop. Start by opening the underwater background image in Photoshop. Click on the small half-white, half-black circle in the bottom right corner to create a new adjustment layer. Select Color Balance. Click on the small box with the arrow next to it, located at the bottom...
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15 May

How To Edit The Perfect Backlit Portrait in Photoshop

There's nothing better for portrait photography than that low, soft light of the late afternoon. That sweet Golden Hour is every photographer's best friend, and should be taken advantage of as much as possible whenever you're planning on a portrait shoot. Look up the Golden Hour for the date and location, or simply plan on shooting in the last few hours before the sun sets. When shooting, placing your subject directly in front of that low light to create a dreamy backlit effect. You'll never shoot portraits the same again. Start by opening your photo in Photoshop. If you shot in RAW, you can edit the following steps in Camera Raw. If not, carry on! Create a new adjustment layer and select Curves. My photo...
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4 May

Drones vs. DSLR Photography

It's a no brainer that DSLR photography still trumps drone camera capabilities, but before we deem DSLR reigning king, let's take a look at some categories where we can closely compare the two. Image Quality Now many of us think that DSLRs blow drones out of the water when it comes to image quality, but it has become apparent that drones are becoming very capable of producing very high level shots. Drones like the DJI Phantom 4 Pro and Inspire 2 boast the best cameras on the market today attached to drones with technical specs including 1-inch sensors and 5.2K video resolution. Don't get me wrong, capable high resolution camera bodies like the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and Nikon D4S take breath...
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24 Apr

Create A Surreal Ocean Portrait In Photoshop

We all have our heads in the clouds from time to time, and with the help of Photoshop, we can bring our day dreams to life. For this tutorial, you'll need a straight-on headshot, an image of water, a cutout of a dolphin and a cutout of a ship. Start by opening your portrait in Photoshop. Crop the portrait until it's a tight shot from the shoulders up. Make sure the Delete Cropped Pixels box is checked at the top of the screen. Use the Crop tool to expand the top of the image so that there's plenty of space for the effect. Click on the Quick Selection Tool on the lefthand toolbar, and make a selection of your subject. Once your subject...
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13 Mar

Reflectors: Every Portrait Photographer’s Best Friend

In photography, lighting is everything - especially when it comes to portraiture. For portrait photographers, there's nothing better than that early morning or late afternoon natural light, but the sun isn't always gracious enough to behave how we want it to. That's when we have to call in help from external lighting equipment, which can come in many different forms.  While handheld flashes and studio lights are great for illuminating a subject, they can also be bulky and inconvenient to use. Large flashy lighting equipment can also be intimidating for a new or shy model. Reflectors, on the other hand, are easy to transport, require no batteries or electricity and can have a dramatic effect on a photo’s quality of light. Plus, they're...
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6 Mar

Know Your Worth: A Breakdown On How To Price Your Photo Services

One of the biggest challenges of starting a business is figuring out how to price the goods and services you offer. You don't want to undersell yourself and devalue the market, but overpricing and scaring off potential clients is just as dangerous. Pricing similar to the competition is a good place to start, but since what you're offering is presumably not exactly the same, the prices shouldn't be either. That's why we've compiled this guide that will break down everything you need to know about pricing. The first thing to remember is that your pricing shouldn't be exactly the same as the competition's, just as your services aren't exactly the same. While it's good to compare pricing, it's also important to have a strong...
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20 Feb

Create A Hippy Inspired Tie Dye Portrait

Tie dying isn't only for big white t-shirts and hot summer days. Now you can get that multi colored, hippy inspired effect on your favorite portraits with just a few simple steps in Photoshop. Start by opening your portrait in Photoshop. This works best with a strong, interesting pose, rather than just a classic head shot. The effect will also be most successful if your subject is against a simple patterned background. Something like strips or bricks will work well. Duplicate the background copy by right clicking on the layer in the right side panel and selecting Duplicate Layer. Right click on the new layer and select Convert to Smart Object. Double check the two small squares in the bottom left corner to make sure the...
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8 Feb

Replace Any Background In Photoshop

You've taken a stunning portrait in the studio, but now have grand visions of it with a sweeping sunset landscape, bustling city, or even underwater scene. Sometimes shooting these in the real world just aren't an option, so you have to take matters into your own hands. In this tutorial, we will show you how to take your studio shot and merge it with a landscape of your choice. Start by opening two images in Photoshop - a portrait with a subject you'll cut out, and background you will place them into. This is the portrait we choose, it should be easy to remove her from the white background as it provides contrast. She will be placed in this background. Use your favorite selection tool to...
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